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What is important to set up a new system for orchestration?
Last post Mon, Dec 15 2008 by PoppaJOL, 4 replies.
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Posted on Thu, Dec 11 2008 20:42
by CBarengo
Joined on Tue, Dec 14 2004, Posts 4


I like to set up a computer to run vsl-samples with the vienna-ensemble or giga studio 4 (orchestra).

Till now I worked with  sibelius or cubase as the sequenzer and for the notation. And giga studio 3 was the sampler.

Because it never worked so properly, I like to run my scores with two Computers.

Could anyone give me hint wich parameters are important when I set up a complet new system?

My idea for the moment is:

- CPU - Core2 Duo

- some Motherboard with FSB up to 1600MHz and a chip set ICH10R

- 8 or 16Gb RAM, 4x 2/4Gb, 800 MHz

- HD 300Gb, 10000rpm, 16MB ( or would 7500rpm be enough ?)

- a 64bit operating system

- and the rest (wich I think is not so dicey in parameters, for a good running system)
Posted on Fri, Dec 12 2008 00:49
by PoppaJOL
Joined on Thu, Nov 17 2005, Las Vegas, Nevada USA, Posts 153


I don't know if my set-up will help you but I recently added a new computer and had to address these same questions. I am running a set-up with 3 computers. All are Custom PCs from VisionDAW http://www.visiondaw.com/productcart/pc/index.asp and are optimized for their particular purpose.

1. PC (XP Pro, 4 GB RAM/3GB switch enabled) with Sibelius 5 and Sonar 8 PE for notation and sequencing. Also has Broadway Big Band.

1. PC (XP Pro, 4GB RAM no 3GB switch - GS doesn't like it) with GigaStudio Orchestra 3, VSL Pro Edition, Larry Seyer Drums, etc.

1. PC (the new one - see configuration below) with Kontakt 3 with, Sonivox Complete Symphonic Collection, the EWQL Piano library, etc

The newest is the one for Kontakt 3. The configuration is:

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 - Dual Core 3.16 GHz

8GB 800MHz DDR2 (4x2GB)

WDC 160 GB Ultra ATA100, 7200rpm, 8MB buffer (system drive)

2x500 GB WDC SATA II 7200 RPM 16 MB Buffer  - RAID 0) (samples drive)

Windows XP Pro 64

I don't know what motherboard was used. The rest is familiar stuff I'm sure (sound and video cards, DVD ROM, Various Interfaces, etc.)

Everything except BBB communicates via MIDIoverLAN. This works perfectly and invisibly. I have almost never had any trouble with it (other than getting it set up correctly). BBB reqires Maple MIDI which is free and also works perfectly. 

You are probably aware that Tascam is no longer going to produce or support GigaStudio. I have Gigastudio 4 but have uninstalled it because I had so many problems using it. That could be my ignorance, of course. However, I tend to like Kontakt better and have much less trouble with it though I use both.

A couple of issues you might have to consider. One is whether GS and VI will run well on a 64 bit system. Also, XP 64 and Vista 64 are quite different so that might be an issue. I really don't know about this with GS so, someone else will have to answer it. I have had very few problems with the K3 on the 64 bit.

Another big thing will be to make sure you have a separate drive for your sample libraries (you may already know this but it wasn't mentioned in your set-up list). You don't want to have the sample libraries on the same drive as your system because this leads to a variety of issues. IMO, 7200 RPM is enough. There are others here who may have a different opinion and hopefully, they will share their thoughts.

Hope this helps.

Be Well,


Any tone or group of tones can preceed, succeed or sound simultaneously with any other... inspired by V. Persichetti - 20th Century Harmony
Posted on Mon, Dec 15 2008 03:12
by Banquo
Joined on Sat, Apr 09 2005, Dublin, Ireland, Posts 395
Do you recommend visiondaw, Poppa?
Posted on Mon, Dec 15 2008 19:48
by PoppaJOL
Joined on Thu, Nov 17 2005, Las Vegas, Nevada USA, Posts 153


I highly recommend VisionDAW. Not only is the quality of their materials and workmanship at a very high level, but I have rarely, if ever, worked with a company that is more helpful and supportive in terms of working with their customers.

Speak with Mark Nagata and he will help you figure out the best set up for your needs. They won't try to sell you something you don't need. In my case, by speaking with them I ended up spending less than I originally planned and got systems that really fit what I do. When I decided to add a third computer, I went back to them because of their service and because it would fit what I already have.

It may be that other companies are just as good. I am speaking only from my experience with Vision. I would definitely suggest you speak with them and some others, then decide. Some people build their own systems, of course, but, if you are planning to purchase rather than build, a custom builder is a good way to go and VisionDAW is at the top of the list.

Be Well,


Any tone or group of tones can preceed, succeed or sound simultaneously with any other... inspired by V. Persichetti - 20th Century Harmony
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